It got me thinking, who will the next generation take after--my son or my son's friends?
DO KIDS READ ANYMORE?
The Boston Globe reported in 2007:
Only 30 percent of 13-year-olds read daily, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier.The Daily Mail stated:
"This is a massive social problem." says NEA chairman Dana Giolia. "We are losing the majority of the new generation. They will not achieve anything close to their potential because of poor reading."
Giolia said children's lives are "cluttered with a million gadgets."
The National Literacy Trust study into reading habits found children were more likely to use social networking sites, emails, blogs and websites than pick up a book.Many say that children are reading more than ever. Look at the Harry Potter/ Twilight craze! And it's true, many have read those books but (a) the amount of books read by the next generation per year is declining and (b) the way children read is changing.
Just 42 per cent of boys and 48 per cent of girls read more than one work of fiction each month, according to the survey of 1,530 children.
WHY DON'T KIDS READ?
- Social Media - who wants to read when they can be chatting with their friends
- Video games - enough said
- Bad Role Models - children gain a love of reading from their parents or teachers and if they don't encourage reading, young ones will not pick it up.
I think reading will continue into the future because we need to read to gain information. However, with bookstores going out of business and libraries lacking the funding, what does the future hold?
I think this is where savvy novelists will need to make changes in order to last into generations to come. Children use technology and we have to as well.
About 25 percent of the children surveyed said they had already read a book on a digital device, including computers and e-readers. Fifty-seven percent between ages 9 and 17 said they were interested in doing so. Francie Alexander, the chief academic officer at Scholastic, called the report “a call to action.”WHAT ARE SOME CONCERNS?
“I didn’t realize how quickly kids had embraced this technology,” Ms. Alexander said, referring to computers and e-readers or other portable devices that can download books. “Clearly they see them as tools for reading — not just gaming, not just texting. They see them as an opportunity to read.”--From NY TIMES
But many parents surveyed also expressed deep concerns about the distractions of video games, cellphones and television in their children’s lives. They also wondered if the modern multi-tasking adolescent had the patience to become engrossed in a long novel.WE WILL BE ADDRESSING THESE CONCERNS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WITH THESE TOPICS:
“My daughter can’t stop texting long enough to concentrate on a book,” said one parent surveyed, the mother of a 15-year-old in Texas.
Another survey participant, the mother of a 7-year-old Michigan boy, said, “I am afraid my son’s attention span will only include fast-moving ideas, and book reading will become boring to him.”--From the NY TIMES
- INTERACTIVE BOOKS
- CHAPTERS ON DEMAND
What are you thoughts? Do you see this to be the trend? Do your children read?
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